As with the rest of the NEWGEN gang, Holly Fulton was making a strike for a more grown-up market with her show yesterday. Not only were her clothes less naive looking, her influences were steamier, too.
She was inspired by the plight of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley (précis: a wife’s frustration at her husband’s impotence causes her to have a torrid affair with her gamekeeper). Fulton’s upper-class lady is conducting her affair with the gardener in the greenhouse. Cue sophisticated day dressing – a cropped, collarless leather jacket in full pink deco print over a matching polo neck teamed with a pink pencil skirt, say, or a black polo neck with pink and black art deco-print trousers. From tones of pink, the collection became saturated in turquoise, and those form-fitting cocktail dresses of hers were strewn with palm fronds and butterflies – straight from the greenhouse of that naughty gardener. “I looked at a lot of greenhouses,” said Holly post-show.